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Hunting

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Background

  • Overview: Hunting refers to the pursuit of living animals for food, sport, or trade. Hunting may also involve the elimination of pests, such as rodents and rabbits, in order to control a pest population or prevent disease. Animals that are hunted (usually mammals or birds) are known as game.
  • Poaching is the illegal killing, trapping, or capturing of an animal and is not considered hunting. Fishing and trapping are also considered separate from hunting and are not discussed in this monograph.
  • Game classification: For practical purposes, game is divided into several categories, including big game, small game, furbearers, predators, upland game birds, and waterfowl.
  • Big game typically consists of large animals such as white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, elk, reindeer, bears, bighorn sheep, alligators, and boars. Hunting for big game usually requires the purchase of a tag for each animal.
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References

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